16
Feb
Tablets

The cat's out of the bag on Dell's upcoming (all the way into early 2012) Android offerings thanks to leaked slides showing their phone and tablet roadmaps. Incidentally, the slides also reveal that the next version of Android (after Honeycomb) will be called "Ice Cream" instead of what we previously though, "Ice Cream Sandwich." It's interesting to know that devices are already being planned to run on this technically unannounced version of Android, but what will surprise you even more are the amazing specs.

These are the specs of Dell Hancock, expected to be released in Q3 of this year:

  • Android Ice Cream
  • Dual-core processor
  • 4.0" qHD display
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p video capture
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard

The Millennium, pegged for release in Q4, is similar:

  • Android Ice Cream
  • Dual-core processor
  • 4.3" qHD display
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 1080p video capture
  • DLNA capable

There are pictures of each device, but don't expect to learn anything about Ice Cream from them - they appear to be running the same Dell Stage UI as the Streak and Streak 7, which is based on Froyo.

Phones

And now, onto the tablets. Their first Honeycomb tablet, and the only one pictured, is the Gallo, set for release in early Q2 with a "Handwriting" update scheduled for Q4. Unfortunately, there are no specs beyond approximate sizes for any of the tablets, so we can't tell how much they'll differentiate themselves from other manufacturer's Honeycomb tablets.

Following the release of the Gallo (the only 10" Android tablet shown), the Streak 7 will receive an update, only specified as "Android," which hopefully means Honeycomb. Q4 will see the release of another Honeycomb tablet, the 7" Sterling, followed in Q1 of next year by the release of the Opus One and Silver Oak, 5" and 7" respectively. These are all currently listed as running Honeycomb, but will presumably be updated once we hear more about future versions of Android.

Tablets

Source: Android Central

  • James

    What is qHD, exactly? And why does it matter?

    • Abhishek

      qHD refers to quarter High Definition screen.
      The pixel density is 960 x 540 which is higher than the normal popular WVGA screen having 800 x 480 pixels - meaning more crisp pictures and videos on the phone screen to satisfy the eye :)

      • James

        Thanks!